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Sometimes, the BIOS runs really slow on my Dell Vostro 1550 computer (10 seconds). When I go to the BIOS setup and switch to a different tab, the new tab shows up slowly. My OS (Kubuntu) runs normally (only the BIOS runs really slow).

The Dell technician says to upgrade the BIOS. I don't think it will fix the problem.

I have been playing games, and the temperature is 80-84 ℃ when the games is running. After about an hour of gaming, Linux automatically shutdown due to too high temperature I think.

  • Is that temperature too high? I Googled it and I found this. Is it correct?
  • Do you think the problem could be because of the CD drive, peripheral devices, etc.?
  • Any ideas why it could be happening and how to fix it?

EDIT: problem solved now, technician replaced the fan, mobo and thermal paste. Thanks for your time.

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Your computer is overheating and trying to compensate for the fact by slowing its frequency down. The solution is to replace the thermal paste being used. You should also update your BIOS if Dell suggest that as a possible fix. You could also of course just send it to Dell. –  Ramhound Nov 28 '12 at 14:14
    
bios running really slow, you mean POST takes 10 sec. that's quick, aint it? –  Nick Kavadias Nov 28 '12 at 14:33
    
@Ramhound then how come only the BIOS runs slowly? (the OS runs at normal speed) –  user176581 Nov 29 '12 at 5:28
    
@NickKavadias usually it takes around 2-3 seconds –  user176581 Nov 29 '12 at 5:28
    
@JeffАtwoоd - Because the CPU runs 100% while in BIOS and thus heats up. If the idle temperature is 85 then thats way to high. Thats the type of temperature that burns up a CPU. A 2-3 second post isn't slow. –  Ramhound Nov 29 '12 at 5:49

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